Windfarms public inquiry begins

A public inquiry into planning applications for a series of windfarms across mid-Wales gets underway today.

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Around three hundred people took part in a demonstration over a plans for a network of windfarms and pylons throughout Mid Wales.

Today saw the start of Britain's biggest ever public inquiry into wind energy projects, which will sit for up to a year in Welshpool, Powys.

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Powys’ economy is declining, full-time weekly wages are lower than average in Wales, and there are limited opportunities for inward investment or long term, sustainable economic growth. Many young people have to leave the area for work.

The renewables sector has the potential to invest millions into the area, driving vital economic growth, supporting local farming communities and the local supply chain, and creating new jobs and skilled training opportunities as well as creating opportunities for environmentally beneficial habitat improvements.

These are important issues for the whole mid-Wales area, and we remain committed to delivering these benefits on behalf of the local community, while helping to meet climate change targets and secure energy independence for Wales and the rest of the UK.

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Mid-Wales windfarms: public inquiry gets underway

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Five new windfarms are planned for mid-Wales Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A public inquiry into planning applications for five windfarms across mid-Wales will get underway today. Power companies have applied for permission to build wind turbines at sites in Llandinam, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair, Llanbadarn Fynydd and Carnedd Wen.

Powys County Council objected to the schemes and the next step is for all sides of the debate to give evidence to a public inquiry.

One of the most controversial aspects of the schemes is the proposed building of power lines and pylons through the Vyrnwy valley. Protestors say the plans could destroy Wales' ability to continue to market itself as a place of unspoilt beauty.

Representatives from the National Grid did not want to comment ahead of the inquiry but previously they have said they "completely understand that people are going to feel frustrated. But we have an obligation to connect these windfarms in mid Wales."